5 new Dublin pubs we are pumped to visit in 2023
Dublin’s pub scene has thrived since the ‘wet’ pub was eradicated from our vocabulary
Dublin is full of exciting new bar ventures, from neighborhood bars to dog-friendly hideaways, we’ve compiled a list of our top openers that we can’t wait to visit this year:
47 Nassau Street in Dublin 2, for more information click here
Niche titled Tapped, the only bar in Dublin with an entrance on Grafton Street, it actually has a dual entrance on Nassau Street and Grafton Street. The spot that replaced Porterhouse Central opened in September 2022 with a whole new look. Tapped hosts over 50 taps on site, putting it in close proximity to another title, one of the most tapped bars in all of Ireland. The interior has been completely remodeled with a 15 meter long concrete bar serving all the drinks you want on tap: wine, beer, cocktails, you name it.
Dundrum’s Main Street, for more information click here
A Dundrum Village institution, The Eagle House and The Nest have been closed during the Covid to make way for a brand new venue. Opened last year, the bar and beer garden has been completely transformed with a fresh touch of pink color with green accents giving it a Juicy Couture circa 2006 vibe (in the best way possible). It’s a place dedicated to dogs, complete with everything to get those tails wagging, from a dog dispenser to a little hideout beneath the human booths for your canine to have some fun.
The Liberties 131 Thomas Street For more information click here
The creators of the hippest Dublin 8 binges recently launched a third bar to expand their trifecta. Next to Lucky’s on Meath Street, Rialto’s The Circular is the magnet with the excellent name, standing on the corner of Thomas Street and Bridgefoot Street. The space that once housed the Emmet Bar has been completely transformed and, like its sister bars, some incredible historical features have been uncovered in the process. It’s a narrow little place but deceptively large at the back, which is a great spot for club nights and up-and-coming DJ sets. They have a decent selection on tap, some quirky canned beers alongside some classic cocktails.
Rathmines 304 Rathmines Road Lower, more info here
Fans of Northside beacon Bonobos will no doubt be delighted that the sister bar has opened up in the cavernous space on Rathmines Road Lower. Kodiak’s continuity as Bonobos’ sister bar is hard to miss, from the high-quality mid-century decor pulled straight out of a millennial Pinterest to the pints on tap, the standard by Margs and the pizza menu are themselves all very similar to bonobos. Take the mantra “if it ain’t broke” to heart.
Smithfield’s 79 Queen Street, more info here
When the folks behind The Big Romance on Parnell Street and Whiplash, one of Ireland’s top craft breweries, get involved, you know it’s going to be a good one. True to form, the place that used to be Dublin’s Dice Bar is constantly packed. Which might have something to do with the new elegance of decor and emphasis on sound, with a new bespoke sound system and acoustic panel installed. It’s a welcome neighborhood bar with a jazzy cocktail menu and a superb selection of beers on tap – as you’d expect from Whiplashers.
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